T LOunge for August 31st, 2023

Posted on August 31, 2023

PinVila Foz Restaurant – Porto, Portugal

Shall we go for elegance today, darlings? We’re feeling it. It’s THURSDAY, which is practically the weekend. Let’s pretend we have nothing to do today except sip pretty drinks and eat pretty things in pretty surroundings.


A ‘Barbie’ Vs. ‘Bratz’ TV Series Is Coming
It will explore the parallel journeys of Barbie inventor Ruth Handler and Bratz creator Carter Bryant and the rivalry that ensued between the pair.

Hot off the heels of the Barbie movie — which has been established firmly as the unequivocal film of the summer — it’s been revealed that a new Barbie vs Bratz TV series is now also in the works.
The series, which is based on the book You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel V. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side by law professor Orly Lobel, will examine the lives of Barbie inventor Ruth Handler and Bratz creator Carter Bryant.


The Woman in the Wall: the shocking true story
Ruth Wilson stars in this new BBC One drama, which is based on the harrowing history of the Magdalene Laundries

The end of summer has arrived, which means it’s the perfect time to relax on the sofa and binge-watch a new TV drama. Happily, a new series has arrived that fits the bill: The Woman in the Wall, starring Ruth Wilson.
A suspense-laden, psychological thriller set in the fictional village of Kilkinure in Ireland, this BBC One show tells the story of Lorna Brady (Wilson), a chronic sleepwalker who wakes up one morning to find a dead body in her house.


Why celebrity stylists in the UK are forming their own union
Many creatives feel powerless to stand up for themselves, and are demanding better pay and working conditions

Right now, in a bid to stand up to the streaming giants and movie executives – and in the hope of improving pay and working conditions for themselves – hundreds of thousands of writers and actors are currently striking in Hollywood. And now, the celebrity stylists who dress many of these stars for their biggest red-carpet moments are also unionising over similar concerns.


Make-up artist Mary Phillips on underpainting, the future of latte make-up and her go-to lip combo
Add these trends to your autumn mood board

TikTok is swiftly converting into an all-you-can-eat buffet of beauty trends. From piping hot beverages to freshly cut berries, barista-ready and fruity beauty looks are aplenty on the app, with trends like strawberry girl beauty accumulating 3.6 billion views and latte make-up claiming 316.2 million.
Hailey Bieber, as the model of the moment-cum-beauty entrepreneur is, famously, at the forefront of summer’s most covetable beauty cocktail – but it’s A-list make-up artist Mary Phillips who’s behind some of her most lauded looks.


All Of Ariana Grande’s Best Vintage Looks To Date
Ariana Grande’s style often has a retro feel, from the ’50s A-line dresses she wore in the early days of her career to the ’60s miniskirts she still wears today. It’s no surprise that the pop star has a series of stand-out vintage pieces in her collection.
Case in point? The rare Thierry Mugler corset, dating back to 1985, that she wore for a recent R.E.M. Beauty campaign. Other highlights include the Gianni Versace puffer coat from the designer’s famous autumn/winter 1992 Miss S&M collection, which she wore to the slopes back in 2017, and the colour-block dress from Versace’s spring/ summer 2003 collection (seen on Jennifer Garner in 13 Going On 30) which she wore on The Voice in 2021.


The very best luxury London hotels
Where to stay in the capital now, from modern masterpieces in the city centre, to Mayfair’s most eco-friendly new opening

You don’t have to search far to find a luxury hotel in London: this capital city has more prestigious options than most, with something to cater for every predilection – no matter how specific. Whether you fancy staying somewhere with a long, royalty-approved history, in a concrete King’s Cross monolith or a viscount’s lavish former lair, London is ready and waiting to provide.
For those looking for something grand, glamorous and classically British, the city’s most heritage-steeped hotels remain the best option.


People are just realising you can play games on Netflix based off your favourite shows
There’s a Love is Blind narrative game!

We’re guessing the Netflix app on your phone isn’t exactly your most used. Sure, you may have once used it in an emergency while on a delayed train, or other than this kind of Plan B scenario, that red and black icon probably doesn’t get much love.
This is all about to change, as we reveal to you the not-quite-breaking news that Netflix offers a variety of Android and iOS friendly games based on your favourite shows, available to access from your phone or tablet.


9 Penélope Cruz Performances That Prove She’s The Ultimate Bombshell
Ever since her explosive feature debut at the age of 18, Penélope Cruz’s screen presence has been nothing short of exhilarating. The Madrid native’s innate glamour certainly helps, but it’s also her ability to keep us guessing that enthrals audiences. She can go from fiery to startlingly vulnerable in seconds; dart effortlessly between Spanish, Italian, French and English-language projects; and craft characters with precision and nuance, a skill which has so far earned her an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Goya Awards.


From The Royal Tenenbaums To The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s Best Onscreen Interiors
Famed for his precise cinematography and whimsical scripts, Wes Anderson has created some of the most sumptuous onscreen interiors of all time – from the palatial suites of The Grand Budapest Hotel to a maximalist New York brownstone in The Royal Tenenbaums. Ahead of the premiere of his latest candy-coloured extravaganza, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar at the Venice Film Festival, we look back at the idiosyncratic American director’s most eccentric sets, crammed full of interiors inspiration.


See The Juicy First Trailer For Saltburn, Emerald Fennell’s Hotly Anticipated New Drama Starring Jacob Elordi And Barry Keoghan
Her feature directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, earned her an Oscar and now the British multihyphenate’s next film looks set to establish her as an industry heavyweight. Here’s everything we know so far.
Since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2021 for her fiery feature directorial debut, Promising Young Woman – not to mention becoming one of only seven women to be nominated for the Best Director prize in the Academy’s 95-year history – the filmmaker has collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on his reimagined Cinderella and appeared as the pregnant Midge in Barbie, but has so far refrained from returning to the director’s chair. That will change with Saltburn, which she is directing, writing and producing. We’re crossing our fingers for a surprise cameo too – in her first film, Fennell appeared in a hysterically funny uncredited role as the host of a make-up tutorial video that her vengeful heroine Cassie (Carey Mulligan) takes cues from.


What Was Priscilla’s Marriage to Elvis Really Like?
Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated, dreamy-eyed new biopic, Priscilla, is set to chronicle the life of Priscilla Presley, the woman who was thrust into the spotlight as Elvis’s impeccably dressed, bouffanted bride, and emerged from their six-year marriage as a legend in her own right. Adapted from Priscilla’s own 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, it’ll follow our titular heroine from the age of 15 to 27, depicting her whirlwind romance with the king of rock and roll as well as its fallout in ravishing detail. But how did the pair actually meet, what was their married life really like, and why did their union crumble?


Wait, Why Is Everyone Aging Liquor Underwater Right Now?
The ocean may be creating your next drink.

From gin botanicals to vodka filtration, drink makers have long turned to the high seas for inspiration when it comes to brand identity and distillation techniques. But now, liquor brands seem more interested in what the bottom of the ocean can do for them instead, with more and more companies aging their wine and spirits underwater.


I moved to Norway nine years ago. Being stereotyped as an American helped me get ahead at work, but it’s tough making friends and the weather isn’t for everyone.
Emily Northway, 31, moved from Utah to Oslo, Norway, after graduating college in 2014.
Northway said Norwegians think of Americans as outgoing and that has created opportunities for her.
With the culture shock and long winters she faced, Northway cautions against romanticizing the move.


In the Faroe Islands, Art, Food and Fashion Take a Cue From Nature
Tórshavn, the cosmopolitan capital of this North Atlantic archipelago, is surrounded by otherworldly scenery that fuels the creative spirit.

Huddled in the North Atlantic between Iceland, Scotland and Norway, the Faroes — an 18-island archipelago and self-governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark — captivates visitors the instant they land at the airport on the island of Vágar. Silence saturates the emerald green slopes and basalt cliffs. Sheep roam the grassy expanses that are sliced vertically by dark rocky threads caused by the erosion of streams. It’s hard to keep your eyes focused on the road as you behold a gauzy mist swirling around the mountains, veiling deep gorges, wide fjords, occasional turf-roofed dwellings and waterfalls.


Philadelphia Asks if Race of Tubman Sculptor Matters
A white artist was invited to design a statue of Harriet Tubman. After complaints, the city held an open call for submissions.

A year ago, the city of Philadelphia invited an artist to design a statue of Harriet Tubman that would stand in front of City Hall to honor the abolitionist’s legacy and celebrate her connection to the city. Then the complaints poured in.
Some incensed artists and community members argued that the city should have used a public selection process rather than awarding a commission, in part because the artist Philadelphia had selected was a white man.
The city ultimately responded by ending its partnership with the artist and issuing an open call for submissions. It received 50 applications and has recently unveiled five semifinalist designs, all created by Black artists.


This Luxury Train Journey Is Now Going Deeper Into the Arctic Circle’s Northern Landscapes
It’s European train travel at its most stunning.

It’s now possible to take a trio of stunning Norwegian train rides all on one luxury trip. Sustainable upscale tour company Up Norway is offering an extension on its already stunning Arctic Circle Express tour. It allows travelers to go even further north to Lofoten and Narvik, and experience the Ofoten Line (Ofotbanen) — one of the nation’s standout railways in addition to Flåm and Rauma, both also on the itinerary.
It’s now possible to take a trio of stunning Norwegian train rides all on one luxury trip. Sustainable upscale tour company Up Norway is offering an extension on its already stunning Arctic Circle Express tour. It allows travelers to go even further north to Lofoten and Narvik, and experience the Ofoten Line (Ofotbanen) — one of the nation’s standout railways in addition to Flåm and Rauma, both also on the itinerary.


An Original Winnie-the-Pooh Sketch Found Wrapped in a Tea Towel May Be Worth Up to $38,000
The drawing was hiding in the back of a cellar drawer for decades.

Before Winnie-the-Pooh became the beloved tale we know it as today, the children’s book started as a series of sketches featuring its main characters: Pooh and his friends Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore. One of those original drawings was recently unearthed from a cellar drawer and is expected to fetch thousands at auction next month.
The illustration, which depicts Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet walking in the Hundred Acre Wood, was drawn on cardstock and signed and dated “E.H. Shepard 1958” in the bottom right hand corner.


How to Store Household Paper Products
Keep your paper essentials out of site, but not out of mind.

Paper products are a necessity in many households, but they aren’t always easy to store. Between bulky packages of paper towels and toilet paper to smaller items like napkins and cotton pads, paper products take can take up a lot of space in your home. Keeping these items neatly stored doesn’t just keep areas like the bathroom and kitchen organized, it also ensures they don’t get damaged or misplaced.




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